Category Archives: Henry Says

Tinsel Tuesday September sketch

Yes yes yes … It really is time for another Tinsel Tuesday sketch … Christmas is creeping up quite quickly now as children go back to school after the holidays so time to start Christmas card crafting to make sure you meet your end of year deadlines.

I create Christmas cards all year round (mainly because I am a little mad) because it helps me make sure I am ready when it gets to the mad month! This challenge I set at the beginning of the year to create two cards based on a sketch I provide on the first Tuesday of the month. I haven’t always managed it but have kept the challenge going regardless!

This month the sketch is…

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And this month I created two very different styles of card!

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I used Woodware stamps to create this simple card and coloured it with a mixture of inks. Quite fancy doing this one again with different colours like pink and blue for a funky themed one!

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This used some scraps I found of the fabulous Winter Frost DSP which I used in combination with come circles and a doily, and then the ornament from Ornament Keepsakes stamp set.

Love the different cards I made using the same sketch as the starting point!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Can’t see the wood for the trees

Tonight I was meant to be hosting class at my house. Unfortunately due to my head and crappy depression I have had to cancel but thought as the blog post was already written to share what we were meant to be doing…

I decided to make use of some of the many tree stamps I have… But for once not Lovely as a Tree. The whole idea is that although I have designed the four cards below, people can choose whichever trees they want for their cards from the many on offer. It should be fun to see what people come up with from the materials on hand.

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This makes use of paper piecing using the Print Poetry DSP stack from last year and the fun Unity Bella stamp. Love this technique, even if my lines did go a bit wonky!

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A brayered background and a silhouette stamp are always a good combination… And the addition of the sentiment from Henry Says punched out of the ticket makes this a bit of a masculine card.

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A Dylusions background with a stencil design and then a freebie stamp from a magazine make this card a bit different.

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Some leaves from the French Foliage stamp set finish off this Clarity split tree stamped image perfectly.

Love using different stamps and creating four very different looks for this tree card class… Looking forward to seeing what others create! Hoping to rearrange to have the class next week instead!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Making colour swatches more interesting!

My dear friend Darcy shared a colour chart book she had made quite a while ago and so I made one too at the time based on what she did, but unfortunately I did a rubbish job of the cover, and it wasn’t big enough and so I decided to make a new one a while ago which I never shared.

Anyway, as the new In Color inks have now arrived in my inky fingers it was time to add to my little colour book! And this then turned into a major colour swatch job! So be warned there are quite a lot of pics coming up… But hopefully you will like what you see and it may inspire you to create yourself something like this?!

When I get new SU inks, I stamp them on whisper white, and have used the Petite Petals stamps as they have the coordinating punch. I handwrite the colour names, with a family to a page (different flower design dependent on colour family) and then stick the little flower next to their name. I also add a little dot of glossy accents in the middle of the flower in case it changes how the colour looks.

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So after sorting the new In colors (aren’t they scrummy?!) I thought … Why not do my Distress Inks. I have quite a lot of pages in the little sketchbook I am using for this task, and don’t intend to add in any other types of medium to this book… Just ink pads so the distress inks (I don’t have as many and am building my collection slowly) are now the back pages of the book. I used the order that is on the ranger colour swatch pdf and decided that I would use the butterfly from Blooming Marvellous for these inks as it is quite petite and a bit distressed as an image. Having a punch that works with the stamp also helps… Didn’t want to have to fussy cut a lot of the same image out… That would be depressing!

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As you can see, I wrote the ink colours I don’t have in pencil and the ones I have in pen, just so I can keep them in the right order. I haven’t included any ‘special edition’ inks as I haven’t got any of those and think I would treat them like SU In Colors inks and have them as a separate family if I ever got any.

I was really pleased with this little piece of work. I didn’t stop there though!

Next up I decided to do colour swatches for my water colours … But what was the best way of doing this? Well stamping an image and coloring it in was what I thought… So out came Henry says stamps and a lot of colorful elephants arrived! They are all on ATC sized pieces of watercolour paper. Then I finally found a use for an accordion book I bought at least 9 years ago! … So here is my book of elephants. I have two watercolour pencil sets… So each set has a side each and each elephant is labelled so I know which colour relates to which pencil and set!

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So now I have two little books which I can grab if I am looking for a specific colour, or to check if I have a specific colour before I duplicate in error and it was a fun couple of projects that have kept me out of trouble for a couple of hours each! I want to move on to document my other mediums too, but for the moment… This is my lot!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Inky birthday time!

Yesterday it was my father in laws 80th birthday… So that required a special card. But 80th birthdays and male cards are not my thing so instead I went all funky with his card!

I used the fab Dylusions ink sprays and some distress inks and a fabulous mask to create the background. I used the Off the Grid stamp and then a clock stamp from a random set I have and embossed it in a mixture of green and blues.

Then with plenty of inking around the edges I mounted it onto Midnight muse. Then I took another piece of white cardstock and stamped Hardwood in some midnight muse which I stamped off and added more distress ink to the edge with my sponge. This was the bottom mount for the card topper.

Then I took some Sahara Sand cardstock and stamped the hardwood stamp and stamped it in Crumb cake and cut out the banner shape. Then some of the fab chevron ribbon in Chocolate Chip (I think) and some bakers twine and created the little embellishment. I added a clock charm … I have a few of these (I have a plan for them!) and I added this to the banner.

Then it was time to add the sentiment so I stamped a couple of tickets… One with the Henry says birthday sentiment, and the other one of the tickets from That’s the ticket set.

Raised the whole topper onto dimensionals and added it to a white 8×8 card blank.

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Then did the envelope too… A little inking around the edge and some more cog inking using the mask and Distress Inks.

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Hopefully he liked the card I made. He should have received it yesterday and on Sunday we celebrate with him properly!

Happy crafting!

Catherine